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GAINING WEIGHT with FitBit Flex!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Was I not just ranting about this crazy contraption just the other day saying that I would be gaining weight before long? Well that didn't take long at all, I stepped on the scale today and it went up 3 pounds. 3 POUNDS! I realize that this is likely not all fat pounds, but it's pretty discouraging. I began my health journey the beginning of March this year, 4 months ago. The first month I lost 7 pounds. Whoo-hoo! I was SO happy and people were asking me constantly what I was doing differently.

Fast forward 3 months... I weigh 1 pound MORE now than I did at the end of my FIRST month. That's a 3 month plateau!!!! My average calorie intake for the past 3 months has usually been at the low end of what is recommended but I have varied that to see if that helps. I am careful to get enough protein, carbs and fats. My metabolism is extremely slow (from medication years ago), though, so I can only imagine that I'm still getting too much. I have exercised more and more so that I'm working out 7 - 12 hours a week. HARD hours, not putzing around hours, I work hard!

So then I meet FitBit Flex and think this may help me out of my weight loss slump. Once I started wearing it, it began tracking activities that weren't happening. Now my fitness tracker is off and I have to keep going back and editing. If I don't then SparkPeople wants me to eat more and more to keep up with my supposed fitness hours. I have kept my calorie range the same in spite of SP's insistence that I am going to starve if I don't eat 1500 - 1900 calories a day.

New plan: Daily calorie range 900 - 1000.

I'm already exercising a LOT, which I started in March. Prior to that it had been years since I had exercised. Could I do more? Of course I could. I just cannot believe that I need to, but apparently. The scale doesn't lie, I am gaining weight while I'm tracking every morsel and crumb I put in my mouth and exercising hard for at least an hour a day. And the scale finally budged... in the wrong direction by 3 pounds. I am just absolutely floored.

I would like to find out what my resting metabolic rate (RMR) is. Has anyone had that tested? My doctor doesn't test for this, but I think for my situation it would be beneficial to find out. I was hoping that someone else out there had a similar situation that found out their RMR was extremely low. If so, I would love to hear about it!

I've complained enough. I'm human, I have a human body and it's not perfect. It's doing what it knows to do in spite of me wanting it to do otherwise. I will keep working and tweaking until I look the way I feel.

Everyone have a safe and enjoyable holiday!
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    1791 days ago
    I thought I'd comment as well, sorry! As frustrating as it is, you are doing all the right things. But eating too little will stop your weight loss all together. I have been there, so I speak from experience! Not only that, it will destroy your metabolism, making it impossible to lose weight in the future. 1000-900 calories could maybe support someone in a coma, but not a beautiful active woman like you! Eat all the right things, cut down on starchy carbs, eat lean protein, eat to support your activity. Food is not the enemy here, the wrong type of food is. In order to lean out, people ( figure competitors, fitness models ) eat every 3 hours! And it is crucial.
    I wish you all the best, again sorry for butting in. emoticon
    1796 days ago
    I saw your blog and thought I'd comment. I have the FitBit One and I honestly mostly use the FitBit site for friendly competition and to track the steps. I then sync it to my SparkPeople account where I track my food. If you are having a lot of trouble with your flex you might have a faulty one, could you return it for a new one or get a different type like Zip or One?

    For the heart rate there are articles on here to help you calculate it. I'd always forget in the morning so I got a Polar Heartrate MOnitor

    After wearing it, it told me what range I needed to be in for my cardio workouts and tells me my calorie burns.

    Hopefully youre having better luck with it now:)

    1796 days ago
    Been there, done that. It can be so discouraging. I know you are doing all the right things ~ plus more ~ so I can't understand what is going on. Just keep on doing what you are doing and you might have a huge loss all at once. I don't think taking your calories that low is going to be healthy for you. Maybe, lower your intake a bit ~ but not that low. I wish I had some good advice for you, but I don't. I can't imagine that all your hard work is going to end up with NO results, however. Just keep on keepin' on, my friend. It is bound to pay off in the end. emoticon
    1809 days ago
    Hey I saw your blog and thought I'd comment. I have a fitbit zip and the calorie range on there is so bogus! What I do is this: I have my fitbit account linked to my Spark account and the food I track on spark automatically transfers over to my fitbit account so I have the "calories in vs. calories out" = green bars on there. I am aiming for a 500-1,000 calorie deficit daily. Automatically, the fit bit entry will appear in your spark fitness tracker (it's pretty awful at calculating my bike rides so I enter those manually). If you wear it from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep (or the flex I think you wear 24/7) then you should know how many calories your burning (unless you're biking like me then you might want to add those in manually) and you should be able to see your deficit. I was pretty frustrated when it told me to eat 700 calories a day. I typically eat 1,000-1,200ish a day and I've lost 10 lbs so far :). Hope that helps!
    1809 days ago
    You should try sharing your food tracker on your page, some other users might be able to give you some tips on how to maximize your diet. Just a thought. You look amazing though, so clearly you're doing some things very right. :-D
    1809 days ago
    I think there's a plateau busting thread in the chat area - that might help. Well, I did know that things aren't that desperate since I've read this after reading about your weight loss, but it may well be that you need to shake things up a bit in various ways. If the plateau busting thread doesn't have ideas that seem to make sense, sparkmail me.
    1809 days ago
    This too shall pass. HUGS!
    1810 days ago
  • SHEL_V2
    Joining the chorus here... every time my weight loss stalls when I'm working out plenty and eating right, I eat more and the pounds come off. Drink plenty of water, too. It's always the simple stuff that falls by the wayside!
    1810 days ago
    900 to 1000 is starvation! You're shutting down your metabolism at that level. Minimum no matter what is 1200 calories. Never eat less than 1200.

    Seriously. When you shut your metabolism down from too few calories, you gain weight.
    1810 days ago
    Hi, I think your calorie range is way too low, thats why you are plateauing.. If you are exercising that many hours a week hard your body needs more food, Are you eating every 3-4 hours? eating 5 times a day? With that few calories your body is holding onto that for survival... The more balanced meals you eat the more your metabolism will speed up, eating several times a day will keep blood sugar stabilized.... Good Luck :)
    1810 days ago
    emoticon As frightening as it is, I do think maybe you need to up your Calorie Intake just a bit. The other option would be to Cut Back on your Exercise. Keep your Calories where they are now, but reduce your Exercise by maybe 30 minutes a day for a couple of weeks and see if that works.
    emoticon If you aren't measuring and taking Pictures I would certainly recommend that, too. If your Clothes are fitting better/differently that is a Sure Sign that your Work Outs are effective. And that is a MUCH Better gauge than the Stupid Scale!
    1810 days ago
    You have probably put on muscle with all that exercise! Try not to put so much emphasis on the scale, but take your measurements, waist hips etc, and retake them in a month. It will be a more accurate demonstration of your progress.
    1811 days ago
    1811 days ago
  • IS1GAR
    If I were you I will contact Dietician Becky or another Coach to help you figure it out....I think with the activities you are doing you should not cut back the calories to that extreme, specially since they recommend from 1500 to 1900.
    Have you pay attention at how your clothes fitting now vs. 3 or 4 month ago? do you have more energy? do you sleep better?
    Sometimes the scale does not say the final words, but it can be devastating if is not moving the way you want it to go.
    Good luck!
    1811 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    Keep going. emoticon emoticon
    1811 days ago
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